Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Lookbook: Graphic Eyeliner

If there was one makeup trend that seemed to have the most impact on the AW14 runways, it had to be graphic eyeliner. Kenzo kept it colourful, Jean-Pierre Braganza took it tribal and Zac Posen played it pretty. Whatever colour or strokes applied, graphic eye-liner created some serious impact.

Graphic Eyeliner example

What I love most about the graphic eyeliner trend is that is carries no rules, anything  goes. Whether you keep it simple and sweet or creative and complex, graphic eyeliner can help to tranform any look. I recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and giving this a try. Remember, anything  goes!

Here is what I used to create the above...

Skincare:
- Environ Ionzyme Focus Hydrating Serum
- Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturiser
- Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream

Stila Stay All Day® Vinyl Lip Gloss in Scarlet Vinyl swatch

Makeup:

DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX swatch

Tools:
Now it's time to show me your 'Graphic Eyeliner' inspired makeup look. Just Tweet or Instagram me your #lookbookselfie!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Amy Poehler

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life”

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Tuesday Tip: Brow Precision

Brushing your eyebrows downward before filling them in will help you see the basic shape of your natural brow. This trick will also show you the gaps that need filling.

The ultimate brow filler is the SUQQU Eyebrow Liquid Pen (£20.00 Selfridges). Not only does this pen create natural and buildable fine lines, it is water and oil–resistant which helps it last throughout the day without smudging. The only problem with this product?? It is not available in the US...sorry dolls!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Review: Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub

Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub

The Promise: "This scrub will leave your skin feeling ultra soft, refreshed, and with a gratifying warm feeling".

The Price: £19.50 / $29.00 450g

The Stockist: Debenhams / rituals.com

The Application: This is a body scrub like no other. Unlike its rivals, the Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub only requires the smallest amount of product per application. This is down to the gorgeous nourishing oil that helps spread the sea salts easily around the skin. The salts are larger than your average, helping them to wash away from the skin with ease.

This gorgeous scrub combines warming ginger and fresh eucalyptus, giving skin a warm and tingling feeling post application. These two ingredients also smell divine and help transform any bathroom into a serene spa.

Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub review

The Results: The second the scrub is rinsed off, skin is super smooth and deeply moisturised. The sea salts also polish the skin perfectly, removing dead skin cells to leave skin looking healthier and more radiant.

The Pro: This scrub is the perfect all-rounder - buffing the skin and deeply moisturising it, all at the same time.

The Con: There isn't one!

Are you a fan of Rituals? Have you tried any other products from the brand that you would recommend?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Understanding...Facial Serums

A facial serum is an intensive hydrating skin treatment designed to deliver optimum performance directly to the cells beneath your skin’s surface. Serums are the most concentrated form of skincare product; designed to target specific skincare concerns. They often have considerably less filler ingredients and are known for containing a high level of active ingredients (antioxidants, vitamins and proteins).

Unlike most skincare products that are formulated with large molecules, serums have a smaller molecular structure that enables them to penetrate the three layers of skin. This, coupled with the fact that serums typically contain a greater concentration of active ingredients, means they are able to target and treat skincare concerns more directly.

In addition to deeply hydrating the skin, serums can treat even the most specific skincare concern. Serums can even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolouration, brighten skin, boost collagen production, boost the skin’s protection, firm and lift the skin and minimise the appearance of ageing.

Serums are traditionally water-based, as water is a very effective carrier of active ingredients. More oil-based serums are appearing on the market now, which work well if the oil blend is fine and therefore readily absorbable.

The F.A.Qs

Should I use a moisturiser as well as a serum?

The choice comes down to which best suits your skin. Serums can be lighter than a moisturiser and enable skin to breathe, especially in humid conditions. However, the best option is to use both: for example, you can use a serum before bed to target skin cells and apply layer a night cream over it to lock in moisture and help powerfully boost its action.

It is important to note that a serum should always be paired with a good sunscreen for the best possible protection.

Do you put moisturiser on before or after a serum?

As with all skincare products, the order in which you use products is simple – you should start with the thinnest lotion and end with the heaviest cream. Therefore moisturisers, in most cases, should be the final skincare product used.

How long should I wait after applying a serum before I add moisturiser?

It is advised that you wait 2-3 minutes to allow the serum to properly absorb.

Recommendations
  1. The Anti-Ager – YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum 30ml (£65.00 House of Fraser / $155.00 Nordstrom)
  2. The Hydrator – SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel 30ml (£59.00 johnandginger.co.uk / $78.00 skinceuticals.com)
  3. The Corrector – REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum 50ml (£22.00 Liberty / $30.00 Sephora)
  4. The Brightener – Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum (£41.99 antipodesnature.com / $69.70 feelunique.com)
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